Connected to some of the most extensive skiing in the world through access to the Dolomiti Superski area, Val Gardena is truly a bucket-list ski destination.
Val Gardena is a valley in the South Tyrol area of the Italian Dolomites and is home to three mountain villages; Selva Val Gardena, S. Cristina and Ortisei. Here, where Italy and Austria collide, Val Gardena hosts beautifully managed pistes that connect into the Dolomiti Superski area, offering up access to the famous Sella Ronda ski circuit. With the Sella Massif at its centre – a stunning mountain range, not to mention a UNESCO World heritage site – this is possibly one of the most scenic skis to be had in Europe.
Some of the best winter sports champions in Europe have spent many an hour carving up the slopes of Val Gardena and there are state-of-the-art lift facilities in place to minimise queues and maximise your time spent enjoying the pristine slopes. With Tyrolean culture still upheld in the area, Val Gardena hosts a lively nightlife and fantastic culinary tradition. There is plenty on offer to entertain visitors from gastronomic delights of Italian and traditional dishes to wine bars and happy hour hangouts.
Resort Altitude: 1,236km
Resort Skiing: 2,518km
Total Ski Area: 175km
Blue Runs: 52km
Red Runs: 105km
Black Runs: 18km
The recent investment in the area has meant that mobility in and around Val Gardena is as efficient as possible. New lifts and state-of-the-art facilities mean less time spent suspended in mid-air and more time spent carving up the slopes. With the ‘Dolomiti Superski Area Pass’ you have 1,200km of slopes at your fingertips and with 500km of connected slopes around the area, the skiing is as extensive and varied as you might expect from such a resort.
The skiing across Val Gardena is some of the best to be found in Italy and is well suited to intermediate skiers, although there are options to be enjoyed by beginners and experts too. Whatever your level, the Sella Ronda and the huge area covered by Dolomiti Superski certainly has something to offer everyone in your party. The Dolomiti Superski authorities ensure that the slopes are well-groomed and maintained at the highest quality possible.
There are numerous ski schools that operate in the Val Gardena ski area, as well as mountain guides, to teach and show you everything the region has to offer. All schools offer a variety of programmes to suit you and your group, ranging from ski and snowboard lessons to cross-country and even some specialising in ski racing.
The Mini Club Selvi, run by the Selva Ski School, offers a daycare service from Sunday to Friday, between 9am and 4pm for children up to 4 years old. The club operates in the Kinderland area offering a baby drag lift and gentle nursery slopes so children are able to learn to ski in an easy yet fun environment.
For a restaurant with a view, head south out of Selva di Val Gardena, towards the village of Plan de Gralba to Hotel Chalet Gerard – The Mountain Lodge; facing the peaks of Sassolungo and Sella you can enjoy a delicious meal of traditional dishes with a modern twist.
As we have come to expect from the Tyrolean resorts of the Dolomites, there is plenty of après entertainment to be enjoyed around the valley. Of the three villages, Selva di Val Gardena has the most to offer on the entertainment spectrum. In the perfect location for a beer right at the end of the day, Bar La Stua is at the end of the slopes that take you right into the village. With friendly service, beers galore and a lively atmosphere, it makes for a great après-ski option.
There are a range of activities on offer for non-skiers across the Val Gardena area. There are numerous walking trails through the area as well as guided snowshoe walks by professional mountain guides. Other winter activities such as tobogganing and ice skating are also available in the surrounding villages of Selva and Ortisei.